Naihati (WB), May 9 (PTI) History attracts Gokulam Keral when he meets Sreenidi Deccan in the penultimate round of the I-League on Tuesday, as the draw will give them a crown and become the first club to defend the league title 15 -year.
Gokulam is currently at 40 points, six ahead of second-placed Mohammedan Sporting (34 points) and can win a second title in a row on Tuesday if the Calcutta team does not win over Rajasthan United in the second day of the day in Kalyani.
No club in the I-League era has defended its title. East Bengal in Calcutta achieved success in the era of the National Football League, the predecessor of the I-League, winning the title in the seasons 2002-03 and 2003-04.
Gokulam Kerala won 2: 1 when the two teams met for the last time. Coach Vincenzo Alberto Annese is aware of the size of the game, but claims that the preparations will not be so different.
“We know the importance of the match, but the preparation is the same. We have to play and we have to score. I want my players to have extra strength in this match and that will help us try to get three points, “he said.
“Since we played with them earlier in the season, we feel we know them better.” They have two top strikers, Louis Ogan and David Castaneda. We know they are strong in the central areas and we will have to do our best to get three points, “said Annese.
Sreenidi Deccan – currently fifth with 26 points – recorded an impressive 2-0 victory over Punjab FC and head coach Fernando Santiago Varela hopes that his team will be able to transfer this dynamics to the match against Gokulam Kerala.
“I believe that the last time we played with them, we are now a better team in both the offensive and defensive phases. This is our first season together, so I’m happy with what we’ve achieved together, “he said.
Varela is concentrating on the battle for third place in the table, where his team from Churchill Brothers and FC Punjab is only one point apart.
“We will try to fight to define our position and not how it will affect the other teams in the table, we will try to get third place, which I think is the least we deserve,” Varela said.
In the second match of the day, which will be played against Kalyani, Mohammedan Sporting will meet Rajasthan United, who is currently in sixth place with 22 points.
“We played good football. We managed to win the Calcutta Football League after so many years and get to the Durand Cup final. For me, it is one of the best seasons for this football club,” said the head coach of the Muslims, Andrey Chernyshov.
Rajasthan United head coach Francesc Bonet said his players were ready to play against one of the best teams in the I-League.
“We will play the last match against Mohammedan SC in Kolkata in front of the fans. So there is always motivation. We know that this match can also decide the champions, but we will focus on ourselves, “he said. PTI PDS PDS APA APA
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